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A podcast made to help writers find the best literary agent for their writing and business career.

Lit Match Abigail K. Perry

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A podcast made to help writers find the best literary agent for their writing and business career.

    First Chapters: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (with Savannah Gilbo)

    First Chapters: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (with Savannah Gilbo)

    This week, book coach and developmental editor Savannah Gilbo joins Abigail for a first chapter deep dive analysis of a Colleen Hoover mega-hit, UGLY LOVE. This is also a particularly special episode because it pulls a small clip from the first meeting of Savannah and Abigail's virtual book club, Book Notes. 

    In this episode, you'll learn how the first chapter of UGLY LOVE gives readers insight into what the Big Picture is all about, and how it works as a well-structured scene that hooks readers. Some key details you'll hear include: 


    What is this story really about and how does the first chapter hint at this?
    How many scenes exist in this first chapter?
    What does the structure of the scene look like?
    How does each scene advance both plot and character?
    Plus, more...

    These first chapter deep dive analysis episodes are designed to help you, the burgeoning writer, learn how to improve and master your craft—especially if you want to polish your first pages before querying your dream agent.

     

    Not sure what UGLY LOVE is about? Read this blurb from the book's back cover on Amazon:

    When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.Never ask about the past.Don’t expect a future.

    They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.Hearts get infiltrated.Promises get broken.Rules get shattered.Love gets ugly.

     

    Connect with us:

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @savannahgilbo

    Instagram: @abigailkperry | @savannah.gilbo

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com  | https://www.savannahgilbo.com/

    P.S. Don't miss out on Savannah's amazing podcast for writers: FICTION WRITING MADE EASY 

    • 59 min
    First Chapters: Lessons in Chemistry (with Sarah Dickinson)

    First Chapters: Lessons in Chemistry (with Sarah Dickinson)

    Today, Abigail brings on a guest who is an avid reader and professional book reviewer—and popular podcast host!—Sarah Dickinson. Together, they take a first chapter deep dive analysis of one of 2022’s most popular books (what NYT called the Best Book of the Year!), and one of their favorite reads in 2022: LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus.

    This episode is particularly fun since Sarah, as a reader, shares her analysis based on her reaction as a reader, paired with Abigail's editorial viewpoint. 

    Come listen to their analysis as they breakdown big first and second chapter hooks like:



    How the prologue in disguise might not quite work as a scene with a value change—but absolutely hooks readers and works as an engaging, rich opening 



     Elizabeth Zott, the logical, confident, and depressed chemist/celebrity chef who exemplifies a well-developed character and has inspired countless readers 



     How the first two chapters encapsulate so much of what readers need to know in order to embrace the big picture 



    The smart execution of POV and how sharing multiple perspectives about Elizabeth Zott electrified her character (and the story)



    A breakdown of the scene structure for chapter two (what we called the official chapter one)



    What Bonnie Garmus hopes women readers take away from LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, and what she hopes men take away from it 



    Plus, more! 

    Email Abigail with your thoughts or share on social media and tag her. Let's continue the conversation!

     

    LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus (pulled from Amazon)

    Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

    Buy LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY>>

     

    Listen to Sarah's Podcast (and episode with Bonnie Grams):


    Podcast Episode 115: Bonnie Grams (Author of Lessons in Chemistry)

     

    Find Abigail and Sarah:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com | https://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/sample-page/

    IG: @abigailkperry | @SarahsShelves

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @sarahsbookshelves

    • 1h 14 min
    Andrea DeWerd ON: The Writing Community's Mass Departure from Twitter and Book Marketing Strategies that Work for Authors

    Andrea DeWerd ON: The Writing Community's Mass Departure from Twitter and Book Marketing Strategies that Work for Authors

    Abigail sits down with book marketing expert (with 13 years Big 5 publishing experience), Andrea DeWerd, to discuss the writing community's mass departure from Twitter.  

    In this conversation, Andrea explains what's really happening on Twitter, why eight percent of the writing and publishing community have left this platform, and what this means for writers who want to find information about the publishing business, discover agents (among other professionals in the book industry), and sell books. 

    Andrea also shares insights from her book marketing expertise with specific tools and strategies authors can use to market their books—and make a splash! 

    Listen to this conversation to learn a wealth of book business-related news and book marketing tips that you won't want to miss, some including:


    How to use various tools imbedded in technology to market your book
    What really is happening on Twitter and why the writing and publishing community has left the platform at a higher rate than the US average (8%)
    Changes in the blue check mark on Twitter and why this might hinder an account's credibility 
    Twitter alternatives for publishing professionals and why none of them have stuck yet 
    How to pick the one social media platform that is best for marketing your book
    What to do if you want a video-based platform but don’t like to be on video 
    Where writers should turn for information on the book business if the publishing industry leaves Twitter altogether 
    The difference in social media algorithms and why it is easier to gather a following on Twitter compared to other social media platforms, like Instagram 
    The amount of time you need to market your book before you launch it if you want to make a splash  

     

    What are your biggest takeaways from Andrea's insights? Abigail would love to know! 

    P.S. Abigail’s email list is up and running! If you’d like to be the first to hear about new podcast episodes, insight on the publishing industry, and writing tips, be sure to sign up at www.abigailkperry.com 

     

    Follow Abigail and Andrea:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com | https://ajdewerd.com/

    IG: @abigailkperry | @ajdewerd

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @ajdewerd

     

    • 59 min
    First Chapters: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (with Book Coach Rona Gofstein)

    First Chapters: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (with Book Coach Rona Gofstein)

    Come join Abigail and certified book coach, Rona Gofstein, as they analyze the first chapter of bestselling author Jasmine Guillory’s USA Today bestselling novel, THE WEDDING DATE.  

    Abigail and Rona explore many of the important elements of contemporary romance, as well as what makes this first chapter so engaging. Read the first chapter, listen to this conversation, and join Abigail and Rona as they share their craft knowledge and observations.

    In today’s episode, you’ll learn:


     How the first chapter of TWD sets up expectations for the big picture, using the 7 Key First Chapter Questions from Paula Munier’s book THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS 
     What makes contemporary romance a popular genre 
     The difference between the hero's journey and the heroine's journey  
     How an interesting POV shift, but not a scene change, works in these first pages 
     What makes this a well-structured first scene
     And, more! 

    Email Abigail with your thoughts or share on social media and tag her. Let's continue the conversation!  

     

    THE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory (pulled from Amazon)

    Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

    On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend....

    After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other....

    They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want....

    Buy THE WEDDING DATE>>

     

    Find Abigail and Rona:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com | https://ronagofstein.com

    IG: @abigailkperry | @write.with.rona

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @ronathewriter 

    • 1h 7 min
    CeCe Lyra ON: Layered Stories that Exemplify Good Writing, Why Publishing is so Competitive, and the Importance of Persistence over Insistence

    CeCe Lyra ON: Layered Stories that Exemplify Good Writing, Why Publishing is so Competitive, and the Importance of Persistence over Insistence

    Join Abigail as she interviews CeCe Lyra, Associate Literary Agent at P.S. Literary Agency and the brilliant co-host of the popular writing podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing. Abigail’s said it in more places than one: This conversation will be one that Abigail thinks about (and refers back to) for many, many years. 

    Here are some of the multitude of important, insightful topics CeCe covers—like the writing process, the realities of the publishing industry, and even questions that will make you reflect about yourself and your story beyond writing and publishing a book:   


    CeCe’s path to publishing (and why she LOVES her job)
    CeCe’s MSWL, her eclectic taste in adult fiction and nonfiction (from really, really dark and gritty to fun and uplifting…and any book that makes you feel empowered) 
    Why publishing is such at competitive industry, and at the same time, why comparing yourself to other writers and authors will only hold you back 
    Examples of good writing and why books need to reach a certain caliber before catching an agent’s or editor’s attention 
    How CeCe brainstorms story ideas with her clients, offers notes, and supports them in every step
    Layered stories: What this means and the how’s and why’s of mastering this skill 
    Why you shouldn’t obsess about writing a book fast
    Finding hard statistics and why an awareness of how the industry works is crucial for published authors
    Discovering your greatest privilege as a writer (and why you should reflect on this)  

    What was your biggest takeaway from CeCe’s interview?  Email Abigail, she'd love to hear from you! 

    P.S. Abigail’s email list is up and running! If you’d like to be the first to hear about new podcast episodes, insight on the publishing industry, and writing tips, be sure to sign up at www.abigailkperry.com 

     

    CeCe’s Wishlist: https://cecilialyra.com/query-wishlist/

    Query CeCe: https://www.psliterary.com/submissions/

    More Articles with CeCe:


    Latinos in Publishing 
    Women in Our Town

     

    Follow Abigail and CeCe:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com | https://cecilialyra.com/

    IG: @abigailkperry | @cece_lyra_agent

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @ceciliaclyra

    • 1h 9 min
    First Chapters: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (with Bestselling Author Jennifer Klepper)

    First Chapters: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (with Bestselling Author Jennifer Klepper)

    Come join Abigail and USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Klepper, as they perform a first chapter deep dive analysis of Celeste Ng’s bestselling masterpiece, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE.

    Abigail and Jennifer agree, Celeste Ng is an exceptional author and LFE is a book that every writer can learn from. And the first pages prove why.

    Abigail admits that she found this scene particularly challenging to analyze, and she’s curious what YOU think. Read the first chapter, listen to this conversation, and let her know! 

    In today’s episode, you’ll learn:


    How the first chapter of LFE sets up expectations for the big picture, using the 7 Key First Chapter Questions from Paula Munier’s book THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS 
    Why Shaker Heights provides the perfect setting for an inciting incident that blows up this small-town world 
    How Celeste Ng masters multi-POV without distracting the reader (even with changing perspectives within the same paragraph) 
    How a Crisis can work—and not necessarily “belong” to the central protagonist in the scene 
    Options for how five commandments play out in engaging scene structure that advances the plot and develops character and conflict 
    Plus, more! 

    Come study the first pages of Ng’s award-winning and bestselling work of literary fiction/domestic suspense. And then let us know, how do you think the 7 Key First Chapter Questions and Scene Structure work in the first chapter?

    Email Abigail with your thoughts or share on social media and tag her. Let's continue the conversation!  

     

    LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BLURB (pulled from Goodreads)

    Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: How Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

    Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: All four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

    When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost… 

    Buy LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE >>

     

    Find Abigail and Jennifer:

    Website: www.abigailkperry.com | https://www.jenniferklepper.com/

    IG: @abigailkperry | @jennifer_klepper

    Twitter: @abigailkperry | @jenklepper

    • 1h 8 min

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